Solved: DVD drive hot swappable?

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In a Dell Latitude D600 laptop computer, is a DVD drive hot-swappable, that is, can you unplug it while the computer is running without damaging the drive of the controller on the motherboard?
 
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I really don't know what the offical word from Dell is; but, the benefit of doing it that way is too small when weighed against what could be damaged. Even if Dell said it was okay, you have to consider disk controllers (meaning main board, too) aren't replacable in laptops.
 

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After doing so, the DVD drive doesn't show up when My Computer is opened up and of course it will read no disks. Also, when trying to install a dirver for the audio it says that the device is not present. Is it possible that when he unplugged it with the computer on that that controller was ruined too?
 
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Very possible.

I would turn off the laptop, remove the battery and power supply, leave the DVD drive disconnected, let it sit over night.

Reinsert the DVD drive and battery and reconnect the power and turn it on and hope for the best.
 

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I tried the things you suggested but to no avail. I guess that either the controller on the motherboard or the drive is shot. My friends wife has the same computer. I guess he should try this drive in that laptop to see if it works in it. Then we will know if it is the drive or the controller that is bad. I'll let you know what happens when I can get it done.
 
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If the drive or controller is bad, you can get an external USB type; but, that does sort of defeat some of the compactness and portability of a laptop.
 

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We copied the contents of the recovery disk to a flash drive on another computer then used that to reinstall (upgrade) Windows XP on the Dell computer and that fixed the problem with the DVD drive and the audio. So it was not a problem with the controllers after all.
Thank you for helping with this
 
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